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Trauma Release Exercise


Dr. David Berceli has come up with a siveteransmple way to alleviate the suffering of those who have PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).  He offers a suitable method to induce what is sometimes referred to as “neurogenic tremors” in the human body. 

His technique is called the Tension Release Exercise or Trauma Releasing Exercises or just TRE for short.  It is another excellent way to help re-balance the Autonomic Nervous System and get closer to the root of the problem. 

This method has been used with thousands of soldiers, emergency organizations around the world, areas where natural disasters have occurred, and general populations in war-torn and politically oppressed countries.  It has been taught as a way of addressing PTSD and more programs are being offered in the United States

“Every day, 22 veterans take their own lives.  That’s a suicide every 65 minutes.  As shocking as the number is, it may actually be higher.” — Department of Veterans Affairs

The statistics above were taken from 1999 through 2011 in 21 states.  That’s a staggering 8030 veterans dying each year!  David Berceli has found a method that is helpful for anxiety disorders, PTSD, general stress, and the myriad conditions caused by trauma.  It has also been found to help decrease tremors and seizures in conditions like Parkinson’s, MS, restless leg syndrome, and Epilepsy. 

On a positive note, athletes are also finding it to be great way to speed recovery after workouts.  A common response from most people who do TRE’s is sleeping better and feeling more at peace.  The key to the various benefits of TRE is that it is addressing the core reason for these problems and conditions instead of merely chasing symptoms.

Testimonial:

Frank B. has one of the most important and inspiring testimonials that I have read.  He tells us that, “I have two military sons that have served in Bosnia and IRAQ.  Both have returned with strong symptoms of PTSD but were unwilling to seek out professional psychological help.  They will not discuss their war time experiences with anyone.”

“After hearing about Dr. Berceli’s Trauma Release Process and learning that physical exercises were the key, not years of verbal dialogue with therapists, I immediately ordered books for my entire family.” — Frank B. 

“Although we have all benefited greatly from the exercises it was the psychological improvement of both military sons that was absolutely astounding.  Being soldiers, they had no problem doing the exercises and both saw improvements within weeks.  What a miracle!  They continue to do the exercises and are amazed at the results.  I can not thank Dr. Berceli enough for bringing peace back into their lives.”

The Theory:

Dr. David Berceli was looking for an easy way to relieve stress and trauma for humanity.  In studying other mammals, he noted that every mammal except for humans has a natural way of relieving tension that is elicited during the fight/flight/freeze response.  He discovered that humans have this capacity as well, only we have used our newer cognitive brain to subdue it. 

From the sunrise website:

“Tension Releasing Exercises elicit neurogenic tremors to release the body’s tension and the resultant physical and emotional blocks that can be causing tension, anxiety, PTSD, and numerous other symptoms associated with holding patterns.” – Rick Stockwell

Dr. Berceli has developed a technique that elicits these neurogenic tremors in the human body quite effectively.  It is said that fear and pain is something encoded in our DNA (if not our subconscious mind) and this method is available for all of us to tap into to find relief.  The results in relieving chronic tension, trauma, and trapped physical and emotional patterns in the body can be amazing when experienced for oneself.

Example:

As anyone who has researched this method in the past knows this information has been almost non-existent and kept more or less hidden.  Recently, Rick Stockwell has taken this program a step further and explains the principle behind this unique methodology in a comprehensive way.  He explains that the best way to understand this comes from observing how animals shake their body after a frightening experience.  If we own a dog, cat, or bird it may be easier to see how this behavior in the animal kingdom works.

“What they’re doing is something all mammals (including humans) have ingrained in their system as a way of ‘shaking off’ stress, anxiety, and fear.  Once they are done shaking, the stress is gone from their body.” — Rick Stockwell

He goes on to say,  “I’ll never forget our poor little poodle when we were huddling under an alcove in Utah as a huge clap of thunder rang out and lighting simultaneously struck just outside the alcove.  The poor thing shook for almost 2 hours as my wife comforted her.  But then she was done.  It was out of her system, and she was back to normal.  She didn’t hold onto that traumatic experience for years or decades like humans do.”

With this simple explanation, it seems quite apparent that animals have an innate ability to heal a traumatic experience and remove it completely out of their system without the pain of having a higher brain/mind that constantly stores that information. 

The Method:

There are two known positions that we can gather from the all-too-brief YouTube videos.  The first is lying down with legs butterflied open and the other is standing with your back up against the wall and sinking down slightly.  For some people it may not be wise to do these exercises on your own.  If you already have a severe trauma and are isolated (without a good support-system in place) then it is best to err on the side of caution and refrain from these exercises.  When it is likely that painful things might come up for you; it is best to work with a qualified therapist to help you get through the heavy emotions together.

Of course, the temptation is always there.  Just make sure this is something you can handle all by yourself.  If you are an intermediate or advanced yoga practitioner it probably would be alright to explore this healing modality.  As always, you are likely to gain more intricate understanding when you reach out for help.

Principle: Two opposing forces are in play here to initiate the body tremors.  For instance, when you let your legs go towards the floor (with the natural weight of gravity) and then pull your legs up in the opposite direction, then an automatic shaking begins.  You just have to find the right balance for it to work.

VARIATION ONE: Lay flat on your back.  Have your feet flat on the ground.  Keep your legs and thighs off the ground but at an angle.  Allow gravity take the weight of your legs (towards the floor).  Next, move your legs in the opposite direction ever so slightly.  You should start to feel tremors kick in spontaneously.  This tends to be isolated only within the leg area.

VARIATION TWO: Lay flat on your back.  Have your feet flat on the ground.  Keep your legs and thighs off the ground but at an angle.  First, allow gravity take the weight of your legs.  Second, move your legs in the opposite direction ever so slightly.  This time add a third element.  Press your feet towards the ground with just a slight force.  This has the most amazing affect of spontaneous gyrations resonating throughout your whole upper body and spine as a continuous shaking occurs.

VARIATION THREE: Lay flat on your back.  Have your feet flat on the ground.  Keep your legs and thighs off the ground but at an angle.  Lift your bottom slightly off the ground.  At the same time, allow gravity take the weight of your legs and move your legs up in the opposite direction.  This is done ever so slightly.  You should start to feel tremors kick in spontaneously.  This tends move the lower and upper body side to side.

To get a visual, the first two variations move the body like a dolphin’s tale does – with an up and down motion.  The third variation moves the body, side to side, like a shark or fish naturally does.

Note: Years ago when I was working on this method, I could feel the neural network being formed and strengthened along the spine.  It was interesting to experience the nerves or channels develop from the bottom of the spine upward towards the head.  With all other healing modalities such as standing stake, chi kung or boading-balls… the nervous system would develop from the top of the head down to the base of the spine.

It is quite thrilling once you get the hang of it.  And with some contemplation, you can figure more ways to work the other portions of your body and limbs as well.

Good luck!
Neo

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Mother’s intuition


Here’s a follow up to an article I posted back in 2011 about a lovely mother who had delivered twins prematurely at 27 weeks.  Kate Ogg delivered fraternal twins.  One boy and one girl.  Unfortunately, the doctor told her the baby boy didn’t make it.

In a world where doctors are just in the beginning stages of learning about the full potential of the human body and mind…it makes us realize how important it is to become fully aware of the process of childbirth and all that it entails.

Now, we can say for sure that a baby and its mother should should never be separated at birth.  And we can learn how important it is of having direct physical contact between the two.   And, of course, communicating loving words can not hurt at all.

Jamie’s story:

For Kate Ogg and her husband David, the arrival of twins finally fulfilled their wishes to have their first child and become new parents. However, after a premature birth the couple was told their first baby would not make it.

It only takes one person to change the world as this beautiful story with a happy ending tells us.  Hopefully, it will cause a few people to reevaluate what we think we really know and learn proper birthing principles.

After both mom and dad cuddled, held, and talked to their baby for hours… the doctor was shocked to see him with his eyes open and begin breathing.  Here’s a video every aspiring parent should be required to watch.  Running time 4 minutes with nice photos of the children three or four years later:

 

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Skunk Medicine


Skunk cannabis, along with traditional marijuana, is typically used for recreational use.  However, it is becoming popular amongst the medical community as a form of pain medication and management in such debilitating illnesses as HIV or seizures.

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Skunk weed, similar to every other strain of cannabis, has both physiological and psychological side effects.  These side effects include: rapid heart rate, increased blood pressure, increased rate of breathing, red eyes, dry mouth, increased appetite, slowed reaction time, distorted sense of time, paranoia, magical thinking, short-term memory loss, anxiety and depression.

While skunk weed and marijuana in general can produce negative side effects, it can be beneficial to aid individuals with severe medical conditions.  With that said the debate on whether or not it is beneficial will always be based on you intention and how you use it.

What I wanted to point out is the mythology, origins, and inherent dangers of what this plant does on a deeper level.  Since most people have various strong or weak faculties it is not always easy to determine the truth.  Therefore, a higher perspective is really NEVER shared with someone from a more material point of view.  So those that disagree on these topics will almost always lack any calm sense of detachment and serious reflection.

Since it is now becoming more and more legalized and popular you can take this information to benefit the few loved ones that are willing to listen.  The different spiritual and shamanic views can be discovered in the following categories:

From the Marijuana Syndromes website:

When a young child smells marijuana for the first time, they often share a simple but profound insight: Marijuana smoke smells like a skunk.  Many Mexican shamans agree.  Marijuana shares two main qualities with the skunk at levels of what the shamans call Skunk Medicine.

Positive:

Any interesting book came out in 2012.  John Mini, a licensed Acupuncturist, wrote the book called: “Marijuana Syndromes: How to Balance and Optimize the Effects of Cannabis with Traditional Chinese Medicine“.  The captivating and well-researched book is 824 pages long.  He dedicated over twenty years of research into the effects of marijuana and how to balance them using Traditional Chinese Medicine.  He says that:

Marijuana can help you let go of appearances and materialism.  But if you let it take you too far and you don’t do something to balance it in your life, marijuana can also turn you into a slob that can’t get anything done.  This effect is one level of the shamanic testing arena.  It’s where many of the lessons of plant medicines reside.

“These tests are built in mechanisms, or proving grounds, that only allow those that make it through in a good way to progress further on the path.  The ones who don’t make it are left to the demons and psychotherapists.” — Dr. John Mini

Root origins:

Have you ever wondered where in the world the name marijuana comes from?  It’s not a botanical title.  The word comes from Mexican shamans.  We first started hearing the term marijuana here in El Norte at the end of the 1800s, when Gringo soldiers first had continuing contact with freedom fighters from Mexico, who were mostly Pancho Villa’s supporters in Sonora.

So what does marijuana mean, anyway?  Mari means Mary.  It means Virgin in the Christian sense and all that goes along with that icon.  But a Juana is a whore.  (If you’re deeply aching to verify the truth of this statement, click here.)  This leads us into a dichotomy that is the essence of what marijuana’s medicine is all about.

Ashir Pandey, Cannabis Advocate and Activist, from California says,  “My favorite reference in the book, which encapsulates the major theme of Mini’s research, is the Mexican Shamans who refer to Marijuana as part “Virgin Mary” and part “Whore.”  Meaning that Marijuana’s dual nature is encapsulated in its name.

“When used correctly it can act as beneficently as Mother Mary.  When used incorrectly it quickly has the opposite effect and becomes a Juana …’Prostitute’ over time.” — Ashir Pandey

Negative:

In a recent publication on February 9th, 2015 it is said that psychosis is five times more likely for people who are cannabis users.

London (AFP) – A British study released Monday suggested that the risk of psychosis was five times higher for regular users of cannabis, adding to a growing body of evidence linking drug use and mental health disorders.

The six-year study published in the medical journal The Lancet reported on 780 people living in south London, 410 of whom were being treated for conditions including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.  Marta Di Forti from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London says:

“Compared with those who had never tried cannabis, users of high potency skunk-like cannabis had a threefold increase in risk of psychosis.” — Marta Di Forti

By continuously breaking the laws of nature, it is rather difficult to become whole again.  Most will never know what is true happiness or a natural state of well-being because it is outside their range of awareness and direct experience.

The Reality:

From a deeper perspective, no illness need remain forever in one’s mind-stream.  Yet, this is one of the hardest illnesses to heal simply because it affects the mind so greatly.  Those that don’t believe in karma and how the subconscious mind imprints everything we experience will never understand.

One thing that I have noticed is that when all the proper conditions come together then mental illness will occur as a matter of consequence.  When more than one of these conditions are met: such as meditation, fasting, occult study, conspiracy theories, and bad diet coincide with marijuana-use then results such as bi-polar or schizophrenia have a greater chance of happening.  We all can agree that a trip to the psych-ward or hospital is no fun.

Once marijuana is used, most love to experience the high or euphoric feeling it gives.  This is what is grasped onto the most.  Yet, most forget that there was also a sense of paranoia that came with the trip.  And this is the key-point.  This deep feeling of paranoia becomes imprinted on the subconscious mind.  Later, this feeling of paranoia can be triggered many years later.  Sadly, as one’s life spins out of control and the mind races and fear overwhelms the person…a sense of what the Buddhist scriptures describe as “unbounded joy” and what psychologists refer to as “manic-behavior” is produced.

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Mother’s Ultimate Sacrifice


A very touching story to remind us of the heroic choice this woman made…

by CBS Local 2:29 mins

A young California mother made the ultimate sacrifice for her newborn daughter when she refused lifesaving treatment for bone cancer.   Ashley Bridges was 10 weeks pregnant when she learned of her diagnosis.  Although doctors recommended she start chemotherapy immediately, it would have required her to terminate her pregnancy.

“There’s no way I could kill a healthy baby because I’m sick,” Bridges told CBS’s Kristine Lazar.  During her third trimester, at eight months, Bridges was told that delaying treatment had allowed the cancer to spread.

“That’s basically when they told me that it was terminal,” she said.  Bridges was told she needed to deliver Paisley immediately so she could start treatment.  Even with multiple rounds of chemotherapy, she was given less than a year to live.  “I felt like I tried so hard to keep Paisley safe and do the minimum [treatment] to keep her healthy.  The thought that I’m not going to see her grow up is really hard,” a tearful Bridges said.

The 24-year-old Bridges also has a 6-year-old son from a previous relationship.  “His exact words were, ‘If you pass away, I want to come with you,’ ” she recalled.  As Lazar reports, friends and family have been helping Bridges take care of Paisley during the day.  Her fiance, who is in the military, takes the night shift.  None of them has second-guessed her decision.  “She’s a real-life superhero, to be honest with you,” said Jessica, Bridges’ sister.  Bridges, too, has no regrets.  “Maybe I’m not supposed to be here and she is,” Bridges said of Paisley.

Click here for her video: Mother’s Ultimate Sacrifice for Newborn

As we discover the truth that there are, in fact, MANY options to heal.  Nothing should be considered terminal until one has tried everything from Juice Fasting, to Herbs, to the unique Sitz Bath Remedy.  The Master Herbalist offers hope to someone like her in this dark age.

Here are a few important quotes that need to be heard over and over:

“The mother has to be a real mother, dedicated to the health of her children and be fully educated with the abilities to be the family physician 24/7 raising and training her children to be the same and help her children for as long as she lives in the art of longevity and her children must learn from their parent’s mistakes and seek to do better.” – MH

He goes on to reprimand us that:

“Parents who do not know, do not care and turn their children over to strangers when not feeling well will have no real interest in the proper use of diet and learning prevention.” — MH

Click here to access his latest 27 page newsletter: Truth about herbs

good luck!
Neo

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a lesson in humility


While reading reviews for an interesting but rather misguided book entitled Confession of a Buddhist Atheist a certain sense of alarm comes to mind for those on the Path tainted by social conditioning and vast misunderstanding.  Today, there are some secular Buddhists that want to do away with reincarnation and karma because it doesn’t fit with their personal world-view.  Having such a wrong view emerge in the minds of these particular Buddhists is tolerable on one hand but so terribly sad in the end. 

Likewise, without believing in karma and rebirth can anyone really practice hard enough to achieve the results of salvation?

Later on I came across this thought-provoking article that brings tears to my eyes when I consider it.  This story is quite beautiful since we all can relate to it.  This man’s realization of his own limitations and intellectual pride changed his whole outlook on life.  Surely this was a blessing from the feminine aspect we call the dakini.

As I have said before, whenever the dakini principle manifests in our lives it is quite a blessing.  Whenever someone of greater faith and compassion crosses our path we are brought to great shame.  Yet, once we recognize our own shallow heart and deep arrogance it allows for a positive change to occur.

Buddhist Warrior writes:

I’ll share an experience of mine – One nice, warm, summer evening, about ten years ago, I was strolling down one of the back-streets of Chinatown in NYC, away from the crowds and traffic, and I was passing by a storefront.  Behind the front glass window of the small shop, sat a statue of the Buddha.  An elderly Asian woman seemed to appear out of nowhere.  She was approx 60 years of age, pencil thin to the point of emaciation, and very haggard and impoverished looking.

old lady bowing

She quickly stood facing the window, clasped her hands together as if in prayer, and quickly bowed three times to the Buddha’s image, before quickly disappearing once again, into the urban jungle of NYC’s Chinatown.

This occurred during the time I fancied myself somewhat of an Atheist-Scientist-Rationalist-Buddhist and for about ten minutes I thought to myself: How far superior is my understanding to her understanding?  Did she study the sciences and have an engineering degree?  Did she have huge book collection of western philosophers, eastern philosophers, advanced physics, and did she understand where Buddhism intersects and stands within that great pantheon?  Did she understand particle theory?  Dark matter?  String theory?  Plato?  Descartes?  Sartre?  All the great thinkers and philosophers of the ages?  All the intricacies of interdependent origination?

How dare she degrade and insult Siddhartha Gautama’s teachings by merely bowing to his image as if he were a common God of some sort, to be prayed to, revered and worshiped.  How dare this vile, tired, haggard, and skinny, old Asian woman, corrupt MY Buddhism with her primitive folk beliefs and her irrational superstition?  At that very moment, I was Stephen Batchelor.  I became Stephen Batchelor, or even worse!

Epiphany:

After ten minutes of such thought, I became literally nauseated, sick to my stomach, and ill because of myself and my big, fat, ego and proud sense of self.  And I had somewhat of an epiphany, regarding my own shallowness, egotism, ignorance, and lack of compassion.

With all my stone-cold reason, hard science, rational facts, and intellectual B.S., who was it for me to question, cast doubt upon, consider more ignorant or less informed, any person’s beliefs or practice?

Maybe that old, skinny, woman, knows more about Buddhism than I do.  Perhaps her practice and application of it is superior or more pure than mine.  Perhaps she has developed more positive karma in her life than I have or ever will.  Perhaps she could teach me many things about life and Buddhism.  Perhaps she is a kinder person than I.  Perhaps she is more compassionate than I.  Perhaps she has helped others more than I.  Perhaps she is further down `the path’ than I am.

At this point, I decided that I am not one to judge others in their beliefs and practices.  I can only say what is right for me, and my path, and my beliefs.  I am not here to denigrate anyone else’s path or write books claiming “mine is superior” for such and such reason…

Many Blessings!
Neo

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theory of evolution


The Dalai Lama talks about several holes in the theory of evolution:

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As to what might be the mechanism through which karma plays a causal role in the evolution of sentience, I find helpful some of the explanations given in the Vajrayana traditions, often referred to by modern writers as esoteric Buddhism.  According to the Guhyasamaja tantra, a principal tradition within Vajrayana Buddhism, at the most fundamental level, no absolute division can be made between mind and matter.

Matter in its subtlest form is prana, a vital energy which is inseparable from consciousness.  These two are different aspects of an indivisible reality.  Prana is the aspect of mobility, dynamism, and cohesion, while consciousness is the aspect of cognition and the capacity for reflective thinking.

“So according to the Guhyasamaja tantra, when a world system comes into being, we are witnessing the play of this energy and consciousness reality.”  — Dalai Lama

Despite the success of the Darwinian narrative, I do not believe that all the elements of the story are in place.

“To begin with, although Darwin’s theory gives a coherent account of the development of life on this planet and the various principles underlying it, such as natural selection, I am not persuaded that it answers the fundamental question of the origin of life.”  — Dalai Lama

Darwin himself, I gather, did not see this as an issue.  Furthermore, there appears to be a certain circularity in the notion of “survival of the fittest.”  The theory of natural selection maintains that, of the random mutations that occur in the genes of a given species, those that promote the greatest chance of survival are most likely to succeed.

However, the only way this hypothesis can be verified is to observe the characteristics of those mutations that have survived.  So in a sense, we are stating simply this: “Because these genetic mutations have survived, they are the ones that had the greatest chance of survival.”

From the Buddhist perspective, the idea of these mutations being purely random events is deeply unsatisfying for a theory that purports to explain the origin of life.

“One empirical problem in Darwinism’s focus on the competitive survival of individuals, which is defined in terms of an organism’s struggle for individual reproductive success, has consistently been how to explain altruism, whether in the sense of collaborative behavior, such as food sharing or conflict resolution among animals like chimpanzees or acts of self-sacrifice.” — Dalai Lama

There are many examples, not only among human beings but among other species as well, of individuals who put themselves in danger to save others.

From the scientific view, the theory of karma may be a metaphysical assumption–but it is no more so than the assumption that all of life is material and originated out of pure chance.

From The Universe in a Single Atom: Convergence of Science and Spirituality by H.H. the Dalai Lama

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Charlotte’s web


While watching TV the other night there was a special on medical marijuana to treat children with epilepsy.  Epilepsy is not a new disease.  The oldest known detailed record was discovered over 3000 years ago.  It’s a fact that the disorder itself was found in Babylonian cuneiform medical text from 1067–1046 BCE.   So, I wondered if this news program was a way to engender sympathy to get the laws changed in more states much sooner.

We normally think of Charlotte’s Web as a classic piece of children’s fiction, but it is also the name of one of the most coveted medical marijuana strains that is being used to treat children with epilepsy.

Charlotte’s Web is now a strain of medical marijuana processed into a marijuana extract that is high in cannabidiol (CBD) content.  It is sometimes referred to as Realm Oil or Alepsia.  The good part about it is that it does not induce the “psychoactive high” typically associated with recreational marijuana use.

Medical solution:

As Charlotte was young and developing with her twin sister; everything seemed normal.  She was talking and walking the same day as her twin.  Charlotte was 3 months old when she first began having seizures.  As time went on, her condition grew worse.  According to the CNN article:

“The medications were also taking a toll.  She was on seven drugs — some of them heavy-duty, addictive ones such as barbiturates and benzodiazepines.”

As we know, it is common when following medical that there are often serious side-effects with their drugs.  Figis tells us that, “They’d work for a while, but the seizures always came back with a vengeance.”

Alternative medical:

Charlotte got off the medical prescription in favor of an alternative treatment.  She received medical marijuana and these were the results:

According to Paige Figi, her daughter Charlotte seizures fell from 300 a week to around 3 over an 8 month period.

Charlotte is now six years old and living better.  Her seizures only happen two to three times per month, almost solely in her sleep.  Not only is she walking, she is riding her bicycle.  She feeds herself and is talking more each day.  From a certain point of view, this seems wonderful and a successful case.

But, is that good enough?

Knowing that she has two or three seizures a month tells me that it was only a partial solution.  Of course, it yields much better results than taking barbiturates.  Parents need to know the root cause of disease and then treat their child holistically.  It must occur on many levels, which means, diet change as well as regenerating the nerves of the physical body and brain.  Regenerating the nerves is the sole province of yoga, tai-chi, Feldenkrais Therapy and other healing modalities.

Holistic treatment:

I quickly googled Dr. Christopher to see what he would have done back in the day.  Dr. Chistopher talks about his experience in discovering the anti-spasmadic formula to help his epileptic patients:

One night I sat alone in my office, after all my patients had left for the day, wondering why I was not getting the results with this boy as I had with others with the same condition.  I realized that I needed “help” and so I prayed earnestly that something could be done for this child and after some time of praying and meditating an “idea” for a “formula” of herbs for nerves came to my mind.

“I quickly wrote down: blue cohosh, black cohosh, blue vervain, scullcap, and lobelia in a 90 proof tincture.  I immediately went to the lab we had out in back of the office, and made up the tincture.  When this formula was given to the epileptic boy patient, there was an immediate reaction, and before long, he showed great improvement.” — Dr. Christopher

MH information:

Then I did some research on what MH had posted many years ago on his forum.

“Epilepsy in my experience is caused by drugs such as are found in mountain dew, Dialantin, etc. and of course damage to the head.” — MH

MH believes that Lobelia would not be an aid, but that lobelia always works best when used in a herbal formula.  With the symptom of seizures we need to find the root cause and then a solution may be found.  He suggests that epilepsy is a drug induced disease and not a natural thing.

“The stupid MD then puts the child on dilantin to stop future seizures which also ensures the child is addicted for life and can’t easily ever get off the drug, because the drug will cause anyone to have seizures if they take it and then try to get off it.  At least that was the way it was 20 years ago when I knew of a person in the same situation and the side effects are terrible, etc.” — MH

He advices that Lecithin would be great idea in healing the brain.  Of course olive oil or coconut oil work on the same principle.   He suggests that B&B herbal formula, NO DENTAL METALS of any kind, no vitamins or other metalic sources.  And of course we should all make pure water that is home made distilled.

“Often a child will roll out of bed and hit their head and have a seizure or actually had a seizure in bed and ended up on the floor hitting their head, etc….” — MH

MH strictly advices that, “The drugs have to go!  Nothing much will change as long as the person is doped.  Up until the drugs go, naturally all the correct foods/no toxins would allow the body to heal as much as possible.  The main problem is always the person is scared to death to ever get drug free and work to correct the problem.  If they drink pop, drink sugar free, etc. there is probably no helping them.”

Testimonial:

Dr. Christopher received an Herbal Pharmacist degree under the renowned Dr. Edward Shook.  Dr. Shook related a case wherein a young girl was brought to him with a longstanding case of epilepsy.  She had suffered various injuries during her attacks.  Shook made a strong decoction of Black Cohosh, blue gentian and valerian root, expecting immediate results, but the seizures continued.

“Shook then consulted an old herbalist, who informed him that only alcohol could extract the antispasmodic values from Black Cohosh.  The parents tried the tincture, given here, and the seizures gradually decreased from up to thirty in one day to nearly none after six months.”

I believe that alcohol was the factor that helped move the herbs quickly into the lymphatic system in order to cross the blood-brain barrier to reach proper areas of the brain.  The old formula was called B&B Tincture back in the day.   So now you can choose what to do based on the above facts rather than being in the dark about what consists of real and authentic health for our precious children.

hope that helps!
Neo

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Neurological rehabilitation


With my father recently being diagnosed with early-onset dementia, it has been a trying experience for our family.  It literally was a test of wills in trying to get quality care.  With many individuals in the alternative health-care field not returning our phone calls and emails it was like pulling teeth to find someone compassionate and understanding enough to work with us in this difficult situation. 

After a year of being unable to persuade my father to try an alternative method of healing it became apparent that he was having trouble speaking logically and unable to have a coherent conversation when it came to handling money issues.  My main wish was for him to heal and grow in a positive direction no matter what the outcome was.  I would rather move forward with hope than succumbing to medical’s pessimistic attitude that there is “no known cure”.

As we got more and more concerned, I finally looked at all the medication he was taking.  It was not surprising to find that each one had a particular side affect that caused memory loss.   My research came up as follows:

  • ASPIRIN – Causes an increased risk of cerebral micro-bleeding showing on MRI Scans of 5 to 10 mm or smaller.
  • HEART MEDICATION – Each one leads to memory loss as a side-effect.
  • NEUROLOGICAL MEDICATION – Also results in memory loss.

Dementia:

Dementia is basically a neurological disorder, with various degrees of severity.  It is not a specific disease itself as it is more related to a symptom of reduced or impaired cognition.  The person who has been diagnosed with dementia may have trouble in areas related to memory, attention-span, language, and problem solving.  More specific forms of dementia are Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease to name a few of the 50 forms that are categorized.  It is important to understand that:

Alzheimer’s disease is characterized by loss of neurons and synapses in the cerebral cortex and certain subcortical regions.

When we know exactly what the disease is then we can gather all the facts and utilize the proper biological principles of health to get to the root cause of the problem.  Due to the various conditions that impede our progress, such as a poor diet and environmental toxins it sure is an uphill battle.  However, even if we cannot achieve a full cure and complete recovery we can still alleviate our loved ones suffering to some degree.  As this anthropologist says about the Feldenkrais method:

“This is the most sophisticated and effective method I have seen for the prevention and reversal of deterioration of function.  We’re condemning millions of people to a deteriorated old age that’s not necessary.” — Margaret Mead PhD.

At the very least, we can improve the lives of a few people that are currently in nursing homes suffering from pain, agitation or boredom by being in a semi-vegetative state.

Current information:

I was fortunate enough to come across Joyce Ann’s website after weeks of research.  Each day I spent hours researching the web for a suitable healer for my father.  As many alternative healers doubted the principles of rebuilding new neural patterns I set about to find substantial science to back this up.  It wasn’t an easy task.  It was quite exasperating to note that chiropractics and even a few Feldenkrais healers were skeptical.

Therefore, I offer this information to others going through the same situation with their parents that would like to have a suitable path to travel on.  By doing so, hopefully we can make it easier for the next generation to be “armed” with the proper facts and knowledge when it is time to show doctors and family members what the real potential is for recovering from this terrible disease.

I contacted Joyce Ann and she was the first person who was friendly and helpful enough to understand what we were going through.  She even gave me permission to convert her original article to a .PDF file and share it with others without my asking.  With this change, I believe that it is now a more enjoyable read and a lot easier to see when printed out.

She wrote an article in the Alzheimer’s Care Quarterly 2006 Oct-Dec; 7(4): 278-86. which is a peer reviewed magazine that holds a lot of weight within the medical community.  It is called “Individuals With Dementia Learn New Habits and Empowered Through the Feldenkrais Method”. 

You can read her article that depicts six case studies that have shown positive results after just one session.  She seems to be the first healer (in her field) to report positive progress with her geriatric patients.  As you read the information you can see that her patients were able to overcome various limitations with dementia that ranged from Stroke to Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.  They were advanced cases of men and women in their late 70s and 90s that showed improvement in their functional level in relation to procedural memory and awareness of surroundings etc.

Download her article here:  Individuals With Dementia

Feldenkrais method:

The principle of Feldenkrais is simple stated as: Awareness through Movement.  What this means is that with simple movement lessons, our awareness and perception can be increased, improved, and refined.  Since the way we move (in our day to day lives) consists mostly of unconscious actions, these habitual patterns can be seen for what they are, followed by a release of any holding patterns to form more functional ways to moving.

Normally, our habitual tendencies while sitting, eating and walking are not optimal and can be greatly reorganized.  Once improvement has been achieved, then when we want to excel in sport or dance there will be more joy and freedom in the body.  When this happens then all our activities become more effortless and extremely efficient.

Shockingly, I had found that some Feldenkrais healers weren’t fully up to date that movement therapy can be a significant benefit to geriatric patients for increasing their memory and spatial awareness.  Currently, this therapy has been wonderful in helping those suffering from pain and trauma.  Yet there is more that can be done for those undergoing memory and speech problems.  As more and more practitioners add their knowledge and experience, there will be a greater shift in awareness of what the full potential this healing modality has to offer.

The current trend is to help children who are autistic or handicapped with muscular dystrophy.  One common therapy is to have these children ride a horse on a weekly basis.

Since the child has to consciously adjust themselves to remain on the horse it literally trains them to have better motor skills and balance.  This really is the principle of movement therapy that Moshe Feldenkrais had discovered long ago.

When it comes to old people receiving help, it should be the same principle.  Since the current consensus is that it is impossible for new neurons to grow in the brain it is frustrating when our loved are suffering without a suitable remedy.  It is certainly understandable that most people would be skeptical that a movement therapy can connect and repair the damaged synapse in the brain.

Yet, there are so many people who are suffering all over the world who are mostly ignored or go unnoticed while we enjoy our lives.  To make a positive difference in this world, then we need to increase the range of this healing modality and identify a third layer to this healing.  Since this Feldenkrais principle holds true for autistic children, then it must follow that it would help older people who are suffering with dementia.  The three layers could be categorized as follows.

Feldenkrais Layers of Healing:

  1. pain and inflexibility
  2. accidents, sports injury or birth trauma
  3. memory loss in old age

As Dr. Weil says, “I have been intrigued by this subtle form of retraining the nervous system, which I recommend to patients whose movement has been restricted by injury, cerebral palsy, stroke, fibromyalgia, or chronic pain.”  He goes on to say:

“I find it to be much more useful than standard physical therapy.  I also believe that the Feldenkrais Method® can help older people achieve greater range of motion and flexibility, and help all of us feel more comfortable in our bodies.” — Andrew Weil, M.D.

Neuroplasticity:

During most of the 20th century, the general consensus among neuroscientists was that the brain structures become fixed and cannot change past early childhood.  This has been the popular belief among the masses as well as alternative healers who respect science over healing principles and personal experience.  As Neil Sharp M.D. explains,

Indeed it was only in 1999 that the Nobel Laureate Torsten Wiesel admitted in print that he and David Hubel had been wrong in declaring that neuroplasticity is impossible beyond the critical period of infancy.”

This admission has helped pave the way for the knowledge that Anat Baniel and her teacher Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais have accrued through their experience over decades of transforming the lives of children and adults whom conventional medicine had believed were beyond help or recovery.

From the ABM website:

Principle of neuroplasticity:

Decades of research done by thousands of neuroscientists has shown that the brain can change itself.   The brains of infants and children are extremely changeable needing to form all the brain patterns associated with voluntary action.  Their brains are constantly expanding and mapping new territory.  The science of brain plasticity shows how, under the right conditions, the adult brain can also restructure itself in remarkable ways.  Even the birth of new brain cells can occur in adults, as well as children!

“As a neuroscientist interested in the development and plasticity of the nervous system, it is gratifying to see how the Feldenkrais Method demonstrates these principles.  The Feldenkrais Method has also greatly improved my personal quality of life – physically and emotionally – by reducing the restrictions and limitations I thought were permanent due to multiple sclerosis.” — Marla Luskin, Ph.D., Emory University Medical School

NOTE: The “birth of new brain cells” could be further researched and analyzed later on.  We could infer this to mean growing new stem cells – which is a hot topic in itself.  Anyway, we have two choices available to us.  We can either rely on the principles of movement therapy or wait until science has it all figured out.  Since functional integration healers are currently improving the quality of lives then there really is no need to wait and do nothing.  The honorable and compassionate thing to do is to try our best to alleviate our loved ones pain and suffering.

Diet aide:

After doing further research I discovered some people were able to get off their medication and utilize Coconut Oil in their daily life.  It has been found to be very helpful in protecting the brain with the appropriate, healthy fats.  In reality, there is no difference in whether one uses olive oil or coconut oil.  It’s just the current research has been with coconut oil to improve the ketones in our body.

Substitute Coconut Oil in cooking where other oils are called for – consume at least two tablespoons a day, minimum.  You can use it as a preventive if there’s dementia in your family history.

Since I noticed my dad unconsciously eating excessive amounts of yoghurt I believe that it was his body’s way of protecting itself from the harmful damages occurring in the brain by eating more fatty foods.  Of course, a much better choice than fish oil and yoghurt is something that obeys nature more closely like Coconut Oil.   You can read this book for more exact guidance: Alzheimer’s Disease: What If There Was a Cure?

Testimonials:

Without all the facts and proper knowledge there is always going to be fear getting off the pharmaceutical medication.  That is perfectly fine.  There is no need to push or force someone into making a change.  In fact, it is best when they make the choice once they have full confidence in what they are doing.  And that means growing at their own pace and having a cognition about their situation.  It really takes a lot of work to break through these deepest fears; especially when it comes to following our own path to natural health.

Whatever the case may be, it is good to try this physical therapy until one sees promising results.  It takes work and discipline to grow and make progress.  When there is progress and gains are made, then healing becomes a fun and joyful participation.  At any rate, here are some amazing testimonials to inspire our family and loved ones become more interested in taking health into their own hands:

“Feldenkrais is not just pushing muscles around, but changing things in the brain itself.”  — Karl Pribram, M.D., Neuroscientist, Georgetown University”

Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais developed a system that is many years ahead of conventional medical understanding.”  — Martin Rossman, M.D., Author, ‘Healing Yourself’

“The system developed by Dr. Feldenkrais has as much potential for understanding the mind/body relationship as Einstein’s general theory of relativity had for physics.” — Bernard Lake, M.D.

More testimonials can be found here: David Zemach-Bersin

Conclusion:

We finally did find someone compassionate enough to work with my father.  I was extremely fortunate enough to sit in with my father on his first Feldenkrais session.  Even though he couldn’t differentiate any changes taking place I could discern at least ten major energetic-releases of various holding patterns.

When sitting in the chair, I noticed myself able to relax some bodily tension as my father released his own physical and energetic blocks.  This lead me to believe that every family member should participate together in order to achieve a basic harmony so badly needed within the modern family.

Since we are all connected at a subconscious level when one person heals everyone benefits.  In addition to standing taller and walking straighter, he looked impressive as an expert martial artist would, when pushing hands against the therapist.

After eating a late brunch I noticed that he still had trouble communicating what type of eggs he wanted.  Rather than being introverted and give up at least he expressed himself with words.  Of course, this will be an ongoing process and when most people have trouble hitting the root cause by changing their diet – this therapy has a lot of hidden potential.

many blessings!
Neo

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Journey Forward


Journey Forward was founded by Dan Cummings, a quadriplegic with a heart of gold, who regained the ability to walk in June 2008.

When Dan was nineteen years old and decided to go for a swim at a lake.  He jumped off a boat in shallow water and didn’t realize the depth.  When he opened his eyes underwater he realized he couldn’t move.  Luckily, his friends dove in to save his life.

He was airlifted to Boston Medical Center where he spent a month of intensive care.  Unfortunately, this spinal cord injury left him as a quadriplegic.  The doctors told him he was a C6 dependent quadriplegic and would spend the rest of his life in a wheel chair.  Sadly, they weren’t even sure he would be able to feed himself.

“I am nineteen years old.  I have my whole life ahead of me.  I was an athlete.  I was a fighter.  I just made a promise to myself that I was dedicating the rest of my life to getting out of my wheel chair no matter how long it took.”

For three years he spent time in and out of rehab.  All the while he was discouraged that his physical therapists were not thinking progressively.

“My physical therapists were teaching me how to live in a wheel chair and I wanted to get out of my wheel chair.”

He managed to regain movement in his hands and arms but he was still confined to a wheelchair.  Soon, he heard of a place in California that offered something different.  It was called Project Walk in San Diego, California.  In order to get to California he first had to live by himself in an apartment.

For eleven months he trained and taught himself how to survive and get around in his wheelchair.  Once he became self-sufficient enough he moved to California.  Four years later, with tremendous diligence and effort he walked out of there.

Success:

Here is Dan’s story in his own words:  “They put one foot in front of another.  And I was going with the walker.  And then I am going.”

Then all of a sudden he goes. “I am not holding on to you.”

I said, “You are not holding on to me?”

He goes “No.”

He came and walked around…(choked up)

He came and walked around here and I could see he was not holding on to me.

It felt like I was floating.

“And honest to God it felt like I was walking on air.  It took me seven years but I did it.  And it was awesome.”

Goal:

He came back home to Massachusetts with the intention of helping others with spinal cord injuries.  Dan goes on to say:

“I couldn’t understand coming from Boston, Massachusetts, the capital of the medical field, why I had to fly three thousand miles away to find a place to help me walk again.”

He wanted to bring that place here and create a similar program back home.  With help from others, Cummings managed to raise $350,000 dollars to create his non-profit Journey Forward.

Mission:

Journey Forward’s mission is to offer an intense exercise program to help people with spinal cord injuries.  They use Total Gyms and spin bikes and other fancy machines to facilitate the motion of walking while he/she is strapped into a harness or being assisted by a caring physical therapist.

“I believe if there are more Journey Forwards and more programs like this there are going to be more success stories.” — Dan Cummings

He continues: “Will everybody get up and walk again?  Probably not.  But, I would never tell anyone they could never walk again.  Because people told me I would never walk again.  And I did.”

Refinement:

For further refinement of severe spinal cord injuries are as follows:

  1. Feldenkrais Therapy
  2. Standing on Stake (martial arts therapy)
  3. Chinese Health Balls

Those are just a few suggestions of other healing modalities you can research in order to achieve fluidity of movement with the least resistance and a sense of effortlessness.  People often can’t explain why healing occurs at this critical level.

Movement and Awareness IS THE METHOD TO COMMUNICATE with the brain In order to form missing neural patterns and repair the damaged nervous system.

Yet, for years Feldenkrais therapy and the Anat Baniel method have focused on the above universal principle of regeneration.

Video:

These videos aired on WCVB’s Chronicle on Friday March 29, 2013.  Each had a segment of a different individual healing themselves of spinal cord injury.  Clip one is of Dan’s wonderful story that will make you choke back some tears.

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Here is one of several promotional trailers for the upcoming documentary about Dan Cummings called “Mile of Hope: The Dan Cummings Story.”  The film has been completed but just needs to be edited now.  They are planning for a 2014 release which will require a campaign to raise funds for the costs associated with distribution.  Here is the 2 minute clip:

hope that helps!
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